Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 319 - Freckled Duck

These are some more shots from Jells Park.  While I was scanning about with my bins, I noticed these ducks tucked up underneath an island.

The head shape is pretty distinctive, with a high crown. These are Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa).  This is Australia's rarest duck. The population is estimated to number 11,000-26,000 individuals. By loafing about at the base of an island it is doing exactly what the guide books say it does.





These images are rather more cropped than normal, but I like the tones and textures, and the rather 'secretive' nature of the images.  They look much better larger - so click on them so see this.

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18 comments:

  1. An interesting duck which I have never seen. Thanks for hosting and have a good week ahead.

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  2. They certainly blend in with their selected habitat!

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  3. Congratulations on this great discovery.

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  4. never heard of that one Stewart.I'll give those ducks the benefit of the doubt that they do actually something other than loaf around.

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  5. You have such a good eye. These interesting ducks are well-camoflauged even when we know they are there already.

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  6. Such great camouflage. They are hard to see for sure!

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  7. Ah yes, the Freckled Ducks! When I saw them at Jells Park they all had their heads tucked under their wings but those triangle heads always give them away... or at least, that's how I remember them: triangle heads - 'high crown' sounds much nicer!

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  8. An interesting duck that looks well camouflaged. I like these photos well done. Cheers Diane

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  9. Seeing movement when birds blend in with their surroundings is a favorite past-time of mine, Stewart.
    These ducks blend in extremely well!!!..:)JP

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  10. Stewart, the Freckled Duck is an unique bird. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. They are well camouflaged that's for sure..Great photos.. Good eye!!

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  12. Loved the images of this rare duck...yes the textures of the surroundings give the bird a secretive quality that I am sure they have.

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  13. Interesting! Maybe he's not really so rare; he just blends into the background so nobody sees him. ;-)

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  14. Very unusual ....would be hard to spot. Thanks for hosting! cheers, Nora

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  15. Very cool to be able to find and photograph these rare ducks!

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  16. Lovely capture . Keep commenting on my blog because I love your comments.

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